From the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Website, from where the 16 points of Smiths version of Logic and Justification for the atrocities against a class of Cherokee people is found along with others items, that I may de-bunk as well, following is a de-bunking of another Item from the page.
First let me explain the Acronym (CNOT) so it is not confused with a real word (snot) Some of we Cherokee believe the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is a BOGUS entity, (another Saga for later) and so by the fact of our supposed leaders of CNO act in a TRAITORUS fashion against their own people as in the days of old BY THE TREATY PARTY: Therefore Traitor is added to the name for the Acronym, CNOT.
On March 3, the citizens of the Cherokee Nation voted for the third time in the past 30 years on the citizenship clause of our Constitution. This time, the Cherokee people turned out in record numbers and voted overwhelmingly to exclude non-Indian members who had only enrolled in the Cherokee Nation within the past year. The Cherokee people voted to be just like almost every other Indian tribe in the country: an Indian government made up of Indian citizens.
Blatant outright LIES, if not misrepresentation of fact at a minimum, First off, if there are any Cherokee Nation Citizens left alive they are at least 102 years old, Congress of the U.S. after the completion of the Dawes rolls enumeration of the Cherokee People, closed the Rolls of the Cherokee forever and it has not been reopened to date, we are simply descendants of a Cherokee Citizens of the era...
Now the Cherokee People classed as members of CNO'S who smith claim in overwhelming numbers voted to partake of "aparthied" number about 300,000, the vote for and against was about 8,000, thus the percentage of the CNOT members that voted was about 2.5 percent, of the Cherokee members of CNOT, and that percent that actually voted for the kick out really was 75% of those that voted, that was about 6,000 so the 75% that voted equates to 2% of the CNO Members that voted to kick out the freedmen, so the truth of the blatant lie is, that Racism is practiced by a very few Cherokee People, and it is a fact many will tell you today, after learning the facts of the matter they wish they had voted the other way. And Yes many Cherokee would dearly love to See a Cherokee Government made up of Cherokee people that portray true Cherokee thoughts and ways, number one being consideration for the needy Elders and Children!
The history of non-Indians with the Cherokee Nation dates back a long time, and any discussion of the latest citizenship vote should include the basics of Cherokee history. Cherokee Nation citizens must prove that they had an ancestor on the Final Rolls of the Cherokee Nation in 1906, which included categories for Cherokee, Delaware and Shawnee Indians, as well as white citizens and freedmen. ''freedmen'' is a federal, legal term used to describe descendants of former slaves and freed African-Americans associated with the Cherokee Nation prior to statehood. In 1906, when there was an effort to liquidate the Cherokee Nation, the freedmen, unlike former slaves in the Deep South, received allotments - cash payments from the Cherokee Nation.
I, john the "Elder" Cornsilk Say!
This Paragraph for the most part is fairly accurate, Historical facts show the Cherokee adopted other folks in to the tribe by the Clan System even prior to the coming of the Whiteman. In 1906 there was a congressional act that actually extend the life of the Cherokee nation and the other 4 of the FCT...There was NO attempted liquidation of the Cherokee per se, the simple fact they were included in the action of the Curtis Act of 1898, that abolished the Oklahoma Tribes by striping them of their judicial systems on July 1, 1898.
And the twisting of fact and outright blatant lying by Smith is idicitive of what he is, and is capable of. Any Cash Receipts by the Freedmen were no different than any recieved by each and every citizen of the Cherokee Nation, of the era and even as late as the mids 1960's when my father recieve a payment of, if I remeber correctly of $167.00 his percap portion of the land settlement of the sale of Cherokee land called the Cherokee Strip, bordering Kansas, I believe it was...
The main point is the freedmen also recieved this payment as well...Earlier they did have to fight for this right in Court, and several times proved they are Citizens an eligible to all rights, same as any other Cherokee and won the case in every instance.
Me and my Son David have explained this so many times, Smith should be getting it one of these days.
In 1975, the Cherokee Constitution, approved by Cherokees by a 6 - 1 margin, provided that citizenship include only Cherokees, Shawnees and Delawares.